Spring 2012

  • Apr-Jun 11-15 Wed-Fri

    Pochos and Pixels: The Art of Rio Yañez

    • The Art of Rio Yañez
    12:00 AM

    Exhibition / MCC Lounge

    Rio Yañez is a curator, photographer, and graphic artist that has exhibited from Tokyo to his hometown of San Francisco. His work takes Chicano politics and visual iconography and challenges them with a style informed by comic books, pro-wrestling, hip-hop, and Godzilla movies. He will be exhibiting artwork in a variety of mediums including graphic art portraits, Japanese purikura photobooth prints, and 3D anaglyph prints.

                   
  • Apr 11 Wed

    The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: an Urban History

    • The Pruitt-Igoe
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    This film explores the short life of the Pruitt-Igoe housing development in St. Louis, which became a potent national symbol of failure used to critique Modernist architecture, attack public assistance programs, and stigmatize public housing residents within the larger postwar context of segregation, poverty, and urban population decline. Chad Freidrichs, 83 min., English, 2011, USA

  • Apr 16 Mon

    A Conversation with the Artist Rio Yañez

    • The Art of Rio Yañez
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Exhibition / MCC Loung

    Rio Yañez is a curator, photographer, and graphic artist that has exhibited from Tokyo to his hometown of San Francisco. His work takes Chicano politics and visual iconography and challenges them with a style informed by comic books, pro-wrestling, hip-hop, and Godzilla movies. He will be exhibiting artwork in a variety of mediums including graphic art portraits, Japanese purikura photobooth prints, and 3D anaglyph prints.      

             
  • Apr 18 Wed

    TLC Presents OFF THE REZ

    • TLC Presents OFF THE REZ
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    A coming-of-age story that follows Shoni Schimmel, a Umatilla Indian, who is a rising basketball star that dreams of being the first from her tribe to get a college scholarship. Jonathan Hock, 90 min., English, 2011, USA. Co-sponsored by the American Indian Cultural Resource Center; American Indian Graduate Student Alliance; American Indian Students Association; and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.

  • Apr 19 Thu

    Dreamscape By Rickerby Hinds

    • Rickerby Hinds
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Performance / MCC Theater (FREE)

    Ever have one of those dreams where nothing comes out when you try to scream?
    In 1998 a 19-year-old African American young woman was shot to death by four police officers in Riverside, California - while passed out in her car. Through poetry, dance, and beat boxing, actors Rhaechyl Walker and John "Faahz" Merchant explore the life of Myeisha Mills (Tyisha Miller) and re-frame her death by following the trajectory and impact of the 12 bullets that struck her - each one triggering its own unique memory. Co-sponsored by the Black Performance Series; the Black Studies Department; the Center for Black Studies Research; and the Department of Theater and Dance.

  • Apr 23 Mon

    The Crip's Speech in an Age of Austerity Composing Disability Transnationally Robert McRuer

    • Robert McRuer
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Diversity Lecture

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    Dr. Robert McRuer, Professor of English at George Washington University, is known for being the catalyst behind bringing queer studies and disability studies into productive conversation. In this presentation, McRuer examines the complex and contradictory ways that disability materializes in our moment through queer readings of both disability rights activism and the film The King's Speech. In short, he analyzes the neo-liberal politics of affect in circulation around disability as well as the affective politics that crip and queer activists have generated in resistance to neo-liberalism.
    Co-sponsored by the A.S. Queer Commission; the Department of Feminist Studies; the Hull Chair in Women’s Studies; the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center; the New Sexualities Research Focus Group; the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Academic Policy; the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor; the Office of Equal Opportunity & Sexual Harassment/Title IX Compliance; the Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity; and the Sociology Department. 

  • Apr 24 Tue

    S**t Girls Say Identity Politics and Social Media

    • S**t Girls Say
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Discussion / MCC Lounge

    The S**t Girls Say YouTube meme has become a viral success. (Or a viral problem?) Join us in an interactive discussion on new media and popular culture. Are S**t ___ Say sketches produced by, or actively producing our cultural perceptions? Are these videos just light-hearted, or are they damaging political and social platforms for lived racial, ethnic, gender, and sexuality inequalities? Panelists include Sara Hinojos, Chicana/Chicano Studies; Professor Mireille Miller-Young, Feminist Studies; Diana Pozo, Film Studies; and Carly Thomsen, Feminist Studies.      

           
  • Apr 25 Wed

    AOKI

    • AOKI
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    AOKI chronicles the life of Richard Aoki, a third-generation Japanese American who became one of the founding members of the Black Panther Party, and explores previously unknown facts about the formation of the party. Discussion with Douglas H. Daniels, Professor Emeritus, Black Studies and Diane Fujino, Professor and Chair, Asian American Studies. Mike Cheng and Ben Wang, 94 min., English, 2009, USA. Co-sponsored by the Asian American Studies Department. 

  • Apr 26 Thu

    Girl In A Coma in Concert

    • Girl In A Coma in Concert
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Music Performance / MCC Theater

    The San Antonio trio has left a permanent tattoo on the hearts of thousands with their piercing songs and nuclear performances. A mix of punk, tejano, rockabilly, classic rock and roll, rancheras, indie rock, and ballads, their sound can only be described as Girl In A Coma. Tickets $5 UCSB students and children under 12/$15 general. Contact the A.S Ticket Office at 805-893-2064. Limited seating.

                
  • May 01 Tue

    Straitjacket Sexualities Unbinding Asian American Manhoods in the Movies Celine Parreñas Shimizu

    • Celine Parreñas Shimizu
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    Depictions of Asian American men as effeminate or asexual pervade popular movies. Hollywood has made clear that Asian American men lack the qualities inherent to the heroic heterosexual male. This restricting, circumscribed vision of masculinity, a straitjacketing according to author Celine Parreñas Shimizu, aggravates Asian American male sexual problems both on and off screen.

                
  • May 02 Wed

    Nothing Like Chocolate

    • Nothing Like Chocolate
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture - Meet the Filmmaker Professor Kum-Kum Bhavnani

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Anarchist visionary Mott Green makes a deliciously radical difference with chocolate to challenge the industrial giants who often use cocoa harvested by exploited child labor. Change never tasted so good! Narrated by Susan Sarandon. Discussion with Kum Kum Bhavnani, professor of Sociology and filmmaker, following the screening. Kum-Kum Bhavnani, 67 min., English, 2012, USA.
    http://NothingLikeChocolate.com

  • May 03 Thu

    The UCSB MultiCultural Center in Santa Barbara An Evening of Spoken Word

    • Rudy Francisco
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    1st Thursday

     / The Coffee Cat

    The UCSB MultiCultural Center brings poetry to town! Join us for an evening of energizing DJ grooves, live music, and a captivating performance by internationally recognized spoken word poet Rudy Francisco. Co-host of the largest poetry venue in San Diego and featured at countless venues across the nation, Francisco has enlightened the minds of many with his words. He is the 2009 National Underground Poetry Slam Champion, the 2010 San Diego Grand Slam Champion, the 2010 San Francisco Grand Slam Champion, and the 2010 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion. Co-sponsored by The Coffee Cat; 1st Thursday, and the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.

    1st Thursday
  • May 05 Sat

    Shadows of Bali

    • Shadows of Bali
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Children’s Event

    Shadow Puppets / MCC Theater

    Bali & Beyond performs the Wayang Kulit shadow play of Bali with a dance of the Tree of Life and parade of characters. Then learn about gamelan music and what goes on behind the scenes when the screen is removed and the shadow artist let’s you in! A short shadow play follows, featuring singing, storytelling, and action. Great family outing for all ages!
    Co-sponsored by the Isla Vista/UCSB Liaison and the UCSB Early Childhood Care & Education Services.

  • May 05 Sat

    An Evening of Brazilian Music with Forró Brazuca

    • Forró Brazuca
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Music Performance / MCC Theater

    Often dubbed “music for maids and taxi drivers,” forró combines romantic and humorous lyricism with the energy of a dancehall party. Under the leadership of accordionist Francelino Alves, this San Francisco-based quartet of Brazilians packs dance floors with their forró, xote, and rastapé grooves. Tickets $5 UCSB students and children under 12/$15 general. Contact the A.S Ticket Office at 805-893-2064. Limited seating.

  • May 09 Wed

    A Better Life

    • A Better Life
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give him the opportunities he never had. Chris Weitz, 98 min., English, 2011, USA. 

  • May 10 Thu

    Selfless Giving: An Interfaith Case for Empathy

    • An Interfaith Case for Empathy
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    What does it mean to connect with others in a state of empathy? Can we offer ourselves without expectation of reward? This lecture will provide insights about the art of selfless giving from the perspective of Craig Rennebohm, a Lutheran chaplain working on the streets with people struggling with mental illness, and Pravrajika Vrajaprana, a nun at Vedanta Society of Sarada Convent. Rennebohm is a Mental Health Chaplain and author of Souls in the Hands of a Tender God. Vrajaprana is the author of Vedanta: A Simple Introduction. In 2006, she was a co-speaker with the 14th Dalai Lama at the Interfaith Conference in San Francisco. Generously supported by the University Religious Center Interfaith Fund. Co-sponsored by the Interfaith Initiative of Santa Barbara County and the Religious Studies Department at UCSB.

    "Love thy neighbor as thyself, because your neighbor is yourself." Swami Vivekananda    

              
  • May 15 Tue

    Muslims and Arabs on TV in a Post-Racial America Dina Ibrahim

    • Dina Ibrahim
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Discussion / MCC Lounge

    In a post-racial landscape, cable television comedies are going beyond the portrayals of Muslims as terrorists and are using humor to humanize Muslims and Arabs. This conversation will be a platform to discuss the evolving images of Islam and Arabs and how audiences are reading them. Dina Ibrahim is an Associate Professor in the Broadcasting & Electronic Communication Department at San Francisco State University. Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies; Education Abroad Program, UC Santa Barbara; the Muslim Student Association; the Persian Student Group; and Students for Justice in Palestine. 

  • May 16 Wed

    Bronx Princess and A Son’s Sacrifice

    • Bronx Princess and A Son’s Sacrifice
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Two unique shorts on intergenerational immigrant conflict and identity. Bronx Princess follows headstrong 17-year-old teenager Rocky's journey as she leaves behind her mother in New York City to reunite with her father, a chief in Ghana, West Africa. A Son's Sacrifice is the coming-of-age story of Imran, a young American Muslim who struggles to take over his father's halal slaughterhouse in Queens, New York City respectively. Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed, 38 min., English, 2008, USA and Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed, 30 min., English 2007, USA. Co-sponsored by Education Abroad Program, UC Santa Barbara.  

  • May 17 Thu

    An Evening of Spoken Word

    • Open_Mic_2
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    MCC in I.V.

    Open Mic / Isla Vista Food Coop, 6575 Seville Rd

    Calling all conscious poets to the stage! The MCC is creating an open mic for anyone to artistically express themselves while educating others on current issues affecting students of color, women, differently abled people, queers, and allies. Come, enjoy, and share talents in this safe space for a night of “edutainment.”  

                
  • May 18 Fri

    An Evening of Traditional Chinese Music with Weishan Liu

    • Weishan Liu
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Music Performance / MCC Theater

    Ms. Weishan Liu, one of the world leading Guzheng virtuosos, will perform traditional, classical, and regional Chinese music. She will be joined by members of the San Francisco Guzheng Society and Alan Yip on the Guqin. Ms. Liu has performed internationally and has collaborated with various artists in the U.S. such as George Winston, the Women's Philharmonic Orchestra, Diana Stork on the Harp Festival, Ultra World X-tet Jazz Group, and the World Music Festival.

    Tickets $5 UCSB students and children under 12/$15 general. Contact the A.S Ticket Office at 805-893-2064. Limited seating. Co-sponsored by the Partnership in International Research and Education in Electron Chemistry and Catalysis at Interfaces (PIRECCI). Co-sponsored by the Education Abroad Program, UC Santa Barbara and the Partnership in International Research and Education in Electron Chemistry and Catalysis at Interfaces (PIRECCI).    

                            
  • May 22 Tue

    What’s Race Got To Do With It? Dating Across the Color Line Steven Moreno-Terrill

    • What’s Race Got To Do With It?
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Discussion / MCC Lounge

    While recent research indicates the acceptance of interracial dating increases generationally, the history and politics of race and sexuality in the U.S. cannot be ignored. For many, dating and desiring across the color line remains a contentious topic. Join us as we explore the issues surrounding interracial dating and the politics of desire such as persistent stereotypes, contemporary stigmas, media depictions, popular discourses, LGBTQ perspectives, and personal/cultural beliefs. Steven Moreno-Terrill is a social justice educator in the CSU system with a graduate background in Communication and Chicana/o Studies specializing in intercultural communication and race & sexuality in mass media.

  • May 23 Wed

    Visions of Aztlán

    • Visions of Aztlán
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture - Meet the Filmmaker

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Veteran Chicano filmmaker Jesús Salvador Treviño documents the significance of the Chicano Art movement in America and unveils a movement brought upon by the rich culture of a people who were otherwise invisible in popular culture. Discussion with the director following the screening.

    Jesús Salvador Treviño, 60 min., English, 2010, USA. Co-sponsored by the, Art Design, & Architecture Museum UC Santa Barbara.

     
  • May 30 Wed

    Ajami

    • Ajami
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    This film follows five stories about everyday life in Ajami, a religiously mixed community of Muslims and Christians in Tel Aviv, where Arabs, Palestinians, Jews, and Christians try to live together in an atmosphere that is -to say the least - electric. Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani, 124 min., Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles, 2009, Germany and Israel. Co-sponsored by Santa Barbara Hillel.